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Teaching and Learning Staff at Frist


Lisa Herschbach, Director of the McGraw Center and Associate Dean of the College

Lisa oversees the operations of the McGraw Center to ensure that its many services and programs in support of teaching and learning are internally well coordinated and aligned with the educational priorities of the Office of the Dean of the College. She leads efforts to expand the work of the Center across all areas of the undergraduate curriculum and facilitates campus-wide conversations on the art and practice of teaching. Before joining the McGraw staff in September 2013, she served for 10 years as a residential college dean supervising the academic advising of Princeton undergraduates. She holds a doctorate degree in the History of Science from Harvard (1997). Prior to coming to Princeton, Lisa was a faculty member in the Department of History at NJIT/Rutgers, where she taught American history, disability studies, and medical and environmental history. Her monograph, Prosthetic Reconstructions, received the Bruns Prize from the Society of Literature and Science.


Jeff Himpele, Director for Teaching Initiatives and Programs

Jeff leads McGraw’s mission for promoting pedagogical innovation and supporting faculty and graduate students as teachers and scholars. He directs the Center’s wide variety of pedagogy programs, oversees the operations of our new Teaching Technologies Centers (the Broadcast Center, the Educational Technologies Center, and the New Media Center) and he directs the design and production of Princeton’s online course offerings. He advises individual faculty members on a range of teaching matters and he works closely with the faculty who offer online courses. Jeff has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Princeton (*96), taught at Princeton and Swarthmore and was a faculty member in the Anthropology Dept. at NYU, where he received the “Golden Dozen Teaching Award.” He is the author of Circuits of Culture: Media, Politics and Indigenous Identity in the Andes and is an award-winning filmmaker with a music documentary in production. He teaches for the Anthropology Dept. and has most recently taught courses on the Anthropology of Media and the Anthropology of Sound.


Nic Voge, Associate Director

Nic develops, designs and directs McGraw’s undergraduate academic support programming including Study Hall, Strategic Learning Consultations, Learning Strategy Workshops, Review Sessions, and other course-specific programming. He hires, trains and supervises a staff of 70+ graduate and undergraduate fellows. Recognizing the variety and complexity of learning demands students encounter when studying in various disciplines and courses, our programs focus on assisting students as they adapt to unfamiliar learning situations as they transition into and through Princeton University. In his research and writing Nic investigates the unique educational expectations of elite research universities such as Princeton. Working with individual faculty members and graduate students, Nic adopts a comprehensive approach to course design in order to enhance learning from teaching. He is active in the College Reading and Learning Association and is currently co-authoring a book (Cambridge University Press) aimed at helping university professors promote student engagement in their courses.


Sarah Schwarz, Associate Director

Sarah joined the McGraw Center in 2013 and works with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty to enhance and promote excellence in teaching. She coordinates the graduate programming at McGraw, including the Teaching Transcript Program and the orientation for new AIs; she also leads pedagogy workshops and consults individually with graduate students and faculty on a range of topics related to teaching. Sarah is an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies. During graduate school she was also an exchange scholar in the Department of Religion at Princeton. She has taught at Haverford College and then for a number of years at Colorado College. As a faculty member, she worked to bring innovative pedagogical concepts and approaches into the classroom, and her work on teaching in Religion was recognized with a 2012-13 Wabash Fellowship. She is currently completing a book entitled The Imagined Bible (Oxford University Press).


Laura Shaddock, Manager of Online Learning Environments

Laura works with faculty, graduate and undergraduate students to help them understand and implement a wide range of technologies that enhance teaching and learning. She is the technical coordinator for Princeton's online course offerings and supports faculty as they translate their course materials into online environments. She coordinates the production of courses from the studio to their websites, collaborates with the technical teams at our online platform providers, monitors courses in progress, and pursues meaningful analyses of our uses of online learning tools. Prior to joining the McGraw Center, Laura served as the Programming Director for the Newport News Public Schools Telecommunications Center where she was responsible for on-air programming and implementing innovative digital media technologies; she also trained faculty and staff to create digital media for their teaching. Her industry awards include the Telly Award (2005, 2006), the Videographer Award (2006), and the Communicator Award (2005).


Sandra Moskovitz, Manager

Sandy’s responsibilities include coordinating the New Faculty and AI Orientations, the Teaching Transcript and Mentoring Fund programs, as well as the Graduate Mentoring Award for faculty. In addition she serves the McGraw Center as financial manager and provides administrative and programmatic support for all other McGraw Center and English Language Program events. A member of the McGraw staff since 2000, Sandy completed the HR Management Development Certificate Program. She is a graduate of Muhlenberg College.


Ellen Rosensweig, Assistant to the Director of McGraw

Ellen supports the Director and professional staff with their work in the areas of programming, web maintenance, publicity, and database management; she also provides general office support. Ellen has been at Princeton University since 1992, in the President's Office, the Provost's Office, and now in the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she has served on the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, the United Way Steering Committee, and as a mediator for the Ombuds Office.


Margaret "Margo" Orlando, Program Administrator, Mid-Career Fellowship Program

Margaret “Margo” Orlando administers the Mid-Career Fellowship Program, a one-year fellowship for NJ community college professors and academic administrators who come to Princeton to revitalize their academic interests and teaching. Margo works closely with each year’s cohort of Fellows to facilitate their coursework at Princeton and coordinates the Fellows’ Seminar; at the end of the year, she prepares their essays for online publication and assembles a retrospective of their work in a yearbook. Prior to joining McGraw, Margaret worked as a Project Manager for the Woodrow Wilson School’s Survey Research Center on the Mellon Foundation sponsored Graduate Education Initiative Study. She also served as Project Manager for the MacArthur Foundation sponsored New Jersey Housing and Community Study, where the results were recently published in the book Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb. A native New Yorker, Margo resides in Princeton with her filmmaker husband, Robert and son, Dante.


Brian Cuzzolina, Learning Strategies Professional

Brian is a coordinator and professional learning consultant in McGraw’s undergraduate academic support programming. Brian works closely with Princeton undergraduate students through one-on-one consultations, workshops and trainings to support them in navigating the unique demands and challenges of an elite research university. Brian’s background is in postsecondary academic literacies and his practice and research focuses on the social construction of knowledge in the postsecondary environment. Brian comes to Princeton having provided professional assessment and instruction in learning and study strategies for undergraduate, graduate and professional students at the University of Pennsylvania.